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have no part assigned them thereout, that i know of; but they, whom the Priests take Tiches of, must maintain them to boot; yea, they take it from the Poor, the Widow and Fatherless. .? !?
The Question thou callert Wife, viz. Whether Christ bas prescribed such a Rale, to do as we would not be done by? Thou answerest with anocher Question, and that Nily; but I have answered that before, and fo let it pass.
Thy charging me with Lying, and saying, Who knows but a Quaker, that is guided by aj unknown Light within, may have a Priviledge above other Men to Lye. : Truly it's a bad Priviledge, to have a Priviledge to Lye; but thou should't have taken care thy felf, nor to have uled thai Priviledge, as thou hast done by me in thy Book, and my Friends in England and America, of whom G. K. has told several Lyes. .
But thou sendeft us to the Snaké, and suchlike Authors, for Proof. Should I take that way with thee, and tell all the foul Stories I have read or heard of People of thy Commu. nion, and how I heard, and who reported them, I might fill a Volume. But thy bidding me ask the Snake, is as if I should bid thee ask the Priests and Pharisees, whether Judas was an Honest Man...
Thou fay'it, The Quakers are guided by an unknown Light within. It seems the Light within is unknown to thee, which thews plainly thou art Dark indeed, and know'f
no Light in thee: Gross Darkness indeed; where there is no Light! How comest chou to know God and Christ, and to pretend to be a Preacher of Christ, who is the Light of tbe World, and Enlightens every Man shat comes into the World ? Oh thou dark Man ! Yea, even Darkness it self, that knowelt no Light within !. The Apostles knew that, God, who commanded Light to faine out of Darkness, bad fbined in their Hearts; to give the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God, in the Face of Fesus Cbrift, 2 Cor. 4. 6. But the Eyes of thy Understanding want Enlightning, and thou Mewest thy self to be Blind, and Dark, and to haye no Light in thee. How comes it to be so? Hath not the God of this World blinded thy Mind, 2 Cor.4.4. because thou belicveft not in the Light, as Chrif said, Fobniż. 35, 36. so that thou canst not walk in ir, by reafon of thy Ignorance and Unbelief · And be it known unto thee, This is that Ligbt in is, that those Scriptures bear Teftis. mony of, which thines in us; and I wish ic was not unknown to thee, nor any Man elle.. Thy great talk of Reformation in the Nation I hear, but fee little of it ; and thy Story of a Quaker wronging of thee, because in Conscience he dares not help to hold up Antia christian and Popisha Pra&tices, thou may'st see is but thy Pounces, as thou callest them.
It seems now thou may ft talk of the De. vil's Artifice, and our joyning with the Devil, and the Devil's making use of us, and we acting the
Devil's part, and what not ; for, as thou intimatel, we would, and so would the Devil, strip Religion, 1 and make it poor, and bring Ignorance and Contempt, and destroy the Church, if he could.
Ó Man full of Envy and Malice ! Muft these Invidious Reflections of chine, pafs for Civil Language, and thou not be thought to favour of a wrong Spirit? Alas, alas ! I pity thy Darkness; for be that walks in Darkness, kenows not whither he goeth. First pull the Beam out of thine own Eye, and then thou may'll See to pull the Mote out of thy Brotber's Eye. But as to True Religion, the Devil cannot make it poor, there is so much Heavenly Treasure that goes along with it. As to the World, Christ said, My Kingdom is not of it; and he was poor, and had not where to lay bis Head; though the Foxes have Holes, and the Fowls of the Air have Nests : And the Apostles were poor, as Paul testified; yet they made no Body else Poor, but made many Rich, not with Great Denefices, but Rich in Faith. And I tell thee, the Devil knows well enough, that it is not the way to increase Babylon's Dominions to make her Poor, but to Enrich her Merchants, and pay them well for their Wate, and increase their Gain : And thou might'st fee. how the sprung up, and grew great, and arrayed her self in Scarlet, and what Tithes she adorn'd her self with, if thou wert not in the dark.
But when dost thou undertake to make out thy fi&titious Charge against us, That we
teach other Doctrines,' tban Cbrift has taught ; and have prescribed other Rules of Li
Kwies of Life, tban what be bath given ? wiis;
I rell thee, William, chis is a false Accufation, ☺ and thou canst never prove it. : :p
Bur thou fayest, Cbrift paid Tribute to Cælar. What then? This doch not affect us; for we never deny'd Tribute to Cæfar to this day, buc readily pay our Taxes to the King or Queen, whose Image and Superscription is up.
on the Money ; and as it's called the King's i or the Queen's Coyn, fo we give unto Cæfar the i things that are Cæfar's: But this is not paying
to an Hireling, whose own the Sheep are not, and will flee, and leave the Flock, if the Thief comes, and takes his Fleece from him.
But Cbrisi, say'st thou, teaches us to obey the Laws of the Land. And who amongst us do not obey them, either Actively or Palovely? It is strange, that Christ should tell his Fóllowers, that they should be brought before Governours and Kings for bis fake, for a Teftimony again't them, Mat. 10. 18. if they must be actively Obedient to all the Laws they made: And why should they be bated of all Men, for bis Names fake, V.22. if they must do what all Men in Power bid them do ? Adieu to Suffering, for a Testimony against them, if this be so. The Martyrs have lost their Crowns, and are in a sad and de. plorable Cafe, if this Doctrine be true, which thou would?ft have us receive, without diftinction. And tho'chou think'st, it's like, that this will help theç, viz. In things that Christ þarb
mat forbidden; we may do as the Law hids us : Bus it will do thee no service, for it is clear, that Christ forbids us to uphold Superstition, Willa Worship, or Idolatry; and the Apostle forbids us to touch, taste, or bandle; of what ? See Col. 2. 8, to 22. Beware, left any Man spoil you through Philosophy and vain Deceit, after the Trao ditions of Men, after the Rudiments of the World, and not after Christ : And say I, if no Command from Christ, then it's not after him, but if they are the Pope's or the World's Ruo, diments, then they are not after Christ, but after the Pope and the World. But let us proceed, the 14th Verse (aich thus, Blotting out the Hand Writing of Ordinances, that was againft Hs, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to bis. Cross: Truly it's pity it should be brought into the way again, as it too long has been, either in part or in whole. The Apostle goes on, Let no: Man therefore judge you in Meat or in Drink, or respect of an Holy Day, or New Moon, or Sabbatb-Days, which are a Shadow of things to come; but the Body 'is of Christ : And let no Man beguile you of your Reward, in a Voluntary Humility, and Worshipping of Angels, intruding into those tbings be bath not seen, vainly puff d up by bis Fleshly Mind: And not bolding the Head; by which all the Body by Foynts and Bands, having nourishment ministres, and knit together, increasetb with the Increase of God. Wherefore if ye be dead with Cbrift from the Rudiments of the World, wby, as thougb li. ving in the World, are ge subject to Ordinances ? :,: di sisi